Toa Samoa: We’ll do our talking on the field

Toa Samoa coach, Matt Parish, has revealed the reason behind Toa Samoa’s seemingly low-key preparations weeks away from the Rugby League World Cup. While all the attention has been on Tonga, Parish said this is good for the Toa Samoa, who landed in the country on Sunday and have been training hard at Apia Park. 

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Toa Samoa rookie proud to be home

You can take the boy out of Samoa but never Samoa out of the boy. Despite being born and nurtured in a different country, Jarome Luai, the least experienced member of the Toa Samoa squad, is proud to be back to the place he calls home. The youngest star of the national rugby league team hails from the village of Palauli, Savai’i.

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“I haven’t seen my ex-boy friend, you know Frank Pritchard. We used to go out but then he tried to copy my beard…”

Aunty Tala: I haven’t seen my ex boyfriend Frankie Pritchard

Comedian Tofiga Fepulea’i has thrown his weight behind efforts to sell tickets for the Toa Samoa and New Zealand Rugby League World Cup at Mt. Smart Stadium on 28 October 2017. In a video from the Rugby League World Cup, Tofiga as Aunty Tala dons a Toa Samoa jersey and cracks a couple of jokes about the players.

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Samoa Hockey Team with their Medals.

Samoa Hockey teams win medals

The Samoa Hockey Team both mens and women’s teams won silver medals at the Oceania Intercontinental Hockey 5s tournament.

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Marist Saints celebrate win at fourth leg of Toa Samoa Matson NRL 9s in Savaii.

Marist Saints does it again

Marist Saints have done it again. They are celebrating their triumph at the fourth leg of the Toa Samoa Matson NRL 9s at Tuasivi Savaii.

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Ava ceremony part of low key Toa Samoa World Cup preparations

An ava ceremony welcomed the new members of the Toa Samoa to the team as they gear up for the Rugby League World Cup at the end of the month. Rugby League Samoa organised the ava ceremony at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Monday night.

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TOA SAMOA STAR: Sam Tagataese happily takes a selfie at the airport early yesterday morning with Samoa Observer Sports Reporter, Ulimasao Fata

Tagataese, happy to be back

Sam Tagataese, is happy to be home and back in the Toa Samoa squad. The Cronulla Sharks player told the Samoa Observer he was excited to be joining the team who touched down yesterday morning for one week’s preparations before the Rugby League World Cup.

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RUGBY LEAGUE STAR: Josh Papali’i will add power and top level experience to the Toa Samoa squad.

“It’s time,” says Papali’i

New Zealand-born and former Australian Kangaroos star, Josh Papali’i, is delighted with his selection for the Toa Samoa 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad. He, along with several others, will make his international debut for Samoa in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup after being selected in the team’s 24-man squad last week.

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Socceroo Tim Cahill with cousin Frank Winterstein.

It’s a family affair: Soccer legend Tim Cahill energises cousins in Toa Samoa

Blood is thicker than water. Aussie soccer star will be motivating the Samoa rugby league side through his cousins Frank Winterstein and Ben Roberts. Winterstein and Cahill have been friends since childhood and their blood ties have kept them grounded and connected for love of country and family. 

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GOOD SPIRITS: The two teams after their clash last night.

Toa Samoa warms up with 40-26 victory

Toa Samoa got a much-needed hit out prior to the World Cup against the NSW Country U23 team last night. Although a win was not the point of the exercise, Matt Parish’s team secured a 40-23 victory as a bonus.

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GO TOA: Some members of the Toa Samoa squad gearing up for the Rugby League World Cup.

Toa Samoa to warm up against Country U23’s

Toa Samoa will warm up for the World Cup against the Country U23’s team this Friday, with Toa Samoa naming a strong team for the clash at McDonalds Park, Wagga Wagga.

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Jarryd Hayne.

Jarryd Hayne rejoins Fiji for Rugby League World Cup

National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne will turn out for Fiji for the first time in nine years after being chosen in its 24-man squad for the Rugby League World Cup.

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Castleford Tigers' Zak Hardaker in action during a match in Castleford, England.

England rugby league player banned after failing doping test

Zak Hardaker, one of England's top rugby league players, was provisionally suspended after failing a doping test and missed out on selection for the World Cup on Monday.

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ILir Latifi, right, of Sweden, takes down Tyson Pedro, of Australia, during their mixed martial arts bout at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Cheers! Modelo inks multimillion-dollar ad deal with UFC

Ultimate Fighting Championship has struck a multiyear deal with Modelo Especial that will make the Mexican import the official beer and malt beverage of the world's largest MMA company.

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Dean Whare of New Zealand makes a tackle on Tim Lafai of Samoa.

Tim Lafai one of two changes to Toa Samoa squad

Tim Lafai and Frank Winterstein have been called into the Toa Samoa squad for the Rugby League World Cup after two unexpected changes were forced on coach Matt Parish, with Sione Mata’utia and Tautau Moga withdrawing due to injury.

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GO HARD OR GO HOME: Action from the Athletics trials at the Apia Park yesterday.

Athletics gear up for Vanuatu

Athletics Samoa is wasting no time. It has started its preparations for the upcoming Mini Games in Vanuatu in December.

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Jason Taumalolo hits the gap of Cameron Smith and Trent Merrin Kangaroos v Kiwis, international rugby league, ANZAC test match, New Zealand v Australia.

Leading players quit NZ, Australia to play for Tonga at WCup

Australia and New Zealand have been hit by team defections ahead of the Rugby League World Cup as leading players quit the Kangaroos and Kiwis to play for Tonga.

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Papalii, who last represented Australia in a mid-year test in 2016, will join a Samoa lineup also featuring Canberra teammates Joey Leilua and Junior Paulo.

Ex-Kangaroos rep Papalii to play for Samoa at World Cup

Ex-Australia test forward Josh Papalii will make his debut for Samoa after being selected in the country's 24-man squad on Friday for the Rugby League World Cup.

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CAPTAIN: Frank Pritchard.

Toa Samoa names World Cup squad

Frank Pritchard will captain Toa Samoa at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup after being named in a 24-man squad which includes Canberra Raiders powerhouse Josh Papalii. Rugby League Samoa president Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a announced the squad in Samoa today for the tournament, which will be played in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea between 27 October and 2 December.

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Josh Papali’i.

Josh Papali’i could play for Toa Samoa

Toa Samoa could have Josh Papali’i in their Rugby League World Cup squad. Papalii is eligible to play for Samoa after he was axed from the Australian Kangaroos squad. And he could join a long list of Raiders lining up for second-tier countries despite their Australian absence.

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Rugby

New Zealands Lima Sopoaga celebrates his try.

Sopoaga named at 10 in All Blacks team to play Australia

New Zealand flyhalf Lima Sopoaga will start a test for the first time since his debut in 2015 as a replacement for the injured Beauden Barrett in Saturday's third Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Brisbane.

Boxing

Joseph Parker v French Cameroon boxer Carlos Takam.

Pulev out of Joshua fight through injury, replaced by Takam

Kubrat Pulev has pulled out of his world heavyweight title fight against IBF and WBA champion Anthony Joshua because of a shoulder injury. Joshua will now face Carlos Takam, who is rated No. 3 by the IBF.

NFL

New Orleans Saints players kneel down before the U.S. anthem was played for an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017.

Trump puts NFL players on notice: Stand for national anthem

President Donald Trump is putting pro football players on notice for Week 4 of the NFL season: He won't stand for it if they kneel in protest during the national anthem.

Football

Bronze medal for Samoa in Futsal

The Samoa Women’s Futsal team returned with a Bronze Medal from the Oceania Football Confederation O.F.C. Youth Futsal tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand, last week. Samoa both competed in the Men’s and Women’s divisions of the O.F.C. Futsal tournament.

Basketball

Kelsall hails from the villages of Fagalii, Letogo, and Vailele

Samoan basketball star ready for Oceania

Samoa enters this year’s F.I.B.A. U18 Oceania Championships aiming to improve on a promising performance in the 2014 tournament, and a lot of their fortunes will be placed on the shoulders of Linda Kelsall 

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